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May 25, 2015
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The World: 05/22/2015 The Irish vote today on a referendum that would legalize gay marriage. We'll find out where Ireland sits in the global push for gay rights. We also hear the story of a young American who lost his passport on a visit to Turkey ? and found out it ended up in the hands of refugee smugglers. Plus, The World's Marco Werman is riding the rails right now as part of a writing fellowship with Amtrak. He just happens to be in New Orleans, where he tells us about the funeral of Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill, a NOLA musician who died recently while on tour in Japan.
PRI's The World: 05/21/2015 Iraqi forces are reportedly preparing to try and retake the city of Ramadi after it was seized by ISIS fighters a few days ago, while ISIS has already taken the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as well. We also have a conversation with a popular Mexican-American cartoonist who's now moving into TV. Finally, we'll tell you about a project to protect butterflies and honeybees by forming a 1,500 mile protective "butterfly corridor" across the country.
PRI's The World: 05/20/2015 Migrants in Asia, migrants in Europe; sometimes it seems the whole world is on the move, and some smugglers have gone so far as to advertise on Facebook. We'll find out about that, plus how the the LGBT community in Jamaica is standing up for their rights. We also have a conversation with a French graphic artist whose new book has been described as "wicked dressed up as cute."
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UN calls for more Nepal quake aid One month after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, the United Nations calls for more food aid and shelter for the victims.
Deadly tornado strikes Mexican city At least 13 people have been killed and hundreds of houses destroyed or damaged as a tornado strikes Mexico's Ciudad Acuna.
Massive India heatwave 'kills 500' At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas.
Funeral home fraud rose in 2014, FTC probe finds
Rules prevent sale of unneeded items. Directors association says its complicated.
PODCAST: Show me the money, airlines
Asian markets stay open, cheap fuel but not flights, and inventing a smart smoker.
Cheaper fuel, cheaper flights. But not for you.
Continued low oil prices mean airlines are saving billions of dollars.
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